Accept my challenge Nawaz Sharif: Imran Khan

Published: April 23, 2013
PTI Chief Imran Khan while addressing a rally in Sahiwal. PHOTO: EXPRESS

PTI Chief Imran Khan while addressing a rally in Sahiwal. PHOTO: EXPRESS

SAHIWAL: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan challenged the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) to a debate on any TV channel, during his rally in Sahiwal, on Tuesday.

While addressing the rally, he said, “Accept my challenge Nawaz Sharif. Let’s have a debate on any TV channel. This debate is very important to bring the truth to light.”

The cricketer-turned-politician also said that PML-N “batted five times, however they will not get a sixth chance”.

“Whoever wants to succeed, succeeds in the first try,” Khan said.

Recalling his time as captain of the Pakistan national cricket team, he said that while he was the captain, no one could defeat him. “No one defeated me for ten years. I left the captaincy myself.”

He promised the supporters that if he came to power, one day will come when people living abroad will come to Pakistan in search of employment, such will be the development in Pakistan.

Earlier, on Monday night, Rehman Malik had also invited Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif to a live debate on topics such as money laundering, morality and article 62 and 63.

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Reader Comments (55)

  • Oliver Kahn
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:02PM

    Imran, the Gladiator.


  • Baset
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:04PM

    Dekho dekho kaun aaya sher ka shikari aaya. PTI all the way in the coming elections !!!


  • Tanzeel
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:10PM

    So Rehman Malik is ready, Imran khan is ready, time for NS to show some guts..


  • ikhlaas
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:10PM

    et loves masala news


  • Zeeshan
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:11PM

    Nawaz Sharif had government for 5 years in Punjab but they did not do anything to reduce the loadshedding. They allowed PPP to plunder people of Pakistan for 5 years. They have deprived millions of ‘Roti’. They should not be allowed to contest elections.


  • Naveed
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:17PM

    Time to prove if you r a circus lion or real lion…. come on Mian sb., accept the challenge :p Please do it for once, I know you dont have the guts :)


  • longislander
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:23PM

    Nawaz Sharif and debate. He cannot even give live interviews. forget about debate. I doubt if Nawaz even know the meaning of debate. Imran will rip him apart. He will never face IK on TV.


  • Pakistani
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:26PM

    Though i respect you IK but seriously no need of boasting!


  • Ek Tha Kashmiri
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:35PM

    Nawaz Shrief is not capable of holding talk on any issue so IK already won


  • pakistan bravo
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:42PM

    Fair challenge!


  • Apr 23, 2013 - 7:45PM


    Nawaz Sharif is like a coward Lion in a cage …….

    People who are used to address rallies behind BULLET PROOF sheeshas &
    security ,can never accept challenge of LIVE DEBATE

    Pakistan needs a Tiger Like Imran Khan Kaptaan
    Vote for PTI :)


  • Alamgir Khan
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:47PM

    He has been doing that for ages but thanks to Express Tribune for picking that from the whole lot of his Sahiwal Speech. There should be a debate in good spirit, on policies and performances. But do our people really vote for policies and performances?


  • HasBeen
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:56PM

    @Pakistani I agree with you bro, but ET quotes without context and gives it a masala angle. If you listen to speech in its entirety it was not as rich as it sounds here.


  • adnan
    Apr 23, 2013 - 8:02PM

    nawaz must accept IK challenge & should come on TV for a healthy debate on all issues. And then let the people of pakistan decide who,s got the best solutions to their problems & who is the best candidate for a PM post.


  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Apr 23, 2013 - 8:04PM

    Save Pakistan……Vote for Imran


  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Apr 23, 2013 - 8:06PM

    I see this stark difference between these two leaders, one is with out any protection talking to the masses and the other one is inside a bullet proof cage, It is a superb idea to debate and really it should be mandatory for leaders to debate and let the people see the difference and decide intelligently instead of spending millions to project their leaders the best. I recall a poor performance by Obama in a debate with Romney almost derailed his re-election bid.


  • Naeem
    Apr 23, 2013 - 8:07PM

    @Pakistani: ET just put a bit of spice in it :-)


  • farid
    Apr 23, 2013 - 8:14PM

    pak tiger ,ik ,God bless you….our next primeminisfer of pakistan.


  • Ali Tipu
    Apr 23, 2013 - 8:16PM

    Reminds me of how Achillies challenged Hector outside his fort. IK doing the same in the heart of Punjab. But I bet Nawaz would never accept in a million years. He knows that the day he accepts it, would be the last day of his political life.


  • A Jan
    Apr 23, 2013 - 8:23PM

    Live Debate – A right step for true Democracy!
    Imran Khan has scored points, just by proposing such a healthy initiative. Now the ball is in Nawaz Sharif’s court and he should accept the challenge if he has any spine.


  • Billoo Bhaya
    Apr 23, 2013 - 8:43PM

    @Ali Tipu:
    Good point. In Pakistan no one reads Classics to know heroes of the Trojan Wars, about Hector and Achilles. Its above their heads. If our leaders knew such stuff they would debate and illuminate the public on their positions. Our leaders are like shifting sands, here today gone tomorrow.


  • Ashar Pervez
    Apr 23, 2013 - 9:07PM

    @Ali Tipu: at least Hector had enough honour in him to go out and fight :)


  • Rashid
    Apr 23, 2013 - 9:20PM

    Let NS accept the challenge of IK while bringing someone from PPP, MQM and ANP, that would be some show. Apart from who is good at debating and debating what this is the need of the hour. Parties have election manifestos of scores of pages which no body reads, hence making them futile. But, a plan and policy debate on crucial matters on state television will give a chance for common pakistanis to know who is promising what. A challenge which may prove a positive step for a better Pakistan!!


  • Javaid Iqbal Randhawa
    Apr 23, 2013 - 9:24PM

    Long live Imran Khan We are with u


  • Truth
    Apr 23, 2013 - 9:29PM

    Rehman Malik – a person who was convicted by SC and pardoned by his king right next minute. A convict in dual nationality case. A true example of opportunist of filthy political environment. He will even become a witness against his boss when the table turns against Zardari (IA). He is challenging Imran Khan. Subhan Allah.


  • aaaaa
    Apr 23, 2013 - 9:33PM

    hail mary by IK. This election is Nawaz Sharif’s to lose, and this debate would be a good way to do that. better steer clear.


  • Azim
    Apr 23, 2013 - 10:08PM

    to start with, I am supporting you and will InshAllah come to Pak only to cast vote for you…
    Guys, i am spending much money only to vote for PTI .. you are requested to please cast a vote atleast being there to IK

    TO Funny Lion Nawaz Sharif:
    Such a dum person cannot even talk to a peon to an intelligent man so no chance NS will accept this challenge…Hahhaaaa


  • Analysis of Election
    Apr 23, 2013 - 10:21PM

    Seems IK got information that Nawaz Sharif got the signal of winning coming elections.
    IK’s this bid might be a struggle to get a way to change the course of anticipated/ planned results.
    Over all, Most probability is Nawaz Sharif will make coalition government with MQM from Karachi, some alliances from KPK and Balochistan.

    IK is potential opposition leader with PPP.

    Nawaz Sharif has strong back from domestic and external factors.

    There are many rational conclusions behind this coming set up.


  • bayareaguy
    Apr 23, 2013 - 10:28PM

    I thought IK is not in a school anymore but it looks like he still behaves like a school kid and daring other kids to fight with him or else they’ll be a loser ;)


  • asim
    Apr 23, 2013 - 10:30PM

    I give challenge to both Nawaz and Imran. Be ready for my questions


  • Noman Ghani
    Apr 23, 2013 - 10:40PM

    It was a bad speech by Imran. He was proud (MAGHROOR) as ever. His party will die due to his proud (GHAROOR). He says ALLAH is upwards and bat (balla) is downwards. He should learn that ALLAH is everywhere. I am sure that this bat will be broken by Pakistani public on 11th May Insha Allah.


  • Laraib Hamid
    Apr 23, 2013 - 10:48PM

    There must be some ethics for criticism. He is very outspoken. Shame for him.Recommend

  • Saad
    Apr 23, 2013 - 11:04PM

    He can never face Imran Khan.


  • Breaking Bad
    Apr 24, 2013 - 12:23AM

    There should be more than one debate with all major issues discussed. The PPP should be represented by chairman Bilawal not Malik


  • jiyala
    Apr 24, 2013 - 12:23AM


    It’s common for US presidential candidates to hold debates before elections. There’s nothing unusual or childlike about it.

    It’s PML-N that acts like a kid and throws baseless allegations at PTI (for example the allegation about embezzling the zakat funds of SKMH, which was as ridiculous as it gets and got thoroughly debunked).


    Apr 24, 2013 - 12:25AM

    my leader nawaz is NOT a bakree & will debate imran


  • A patriot Pakistani
    Apr 24, 2013 - 12:30AM

    Imran is the real tiger. A fox can not turn into a lion by wearing the garb of a lion. A leader who deserts his collegues and escapes for a ten year exile can NEVER be accepted as a leader. Only cowards escape.


  • A patriot Pakistani
    Apr 24, 2013 - 12:32AM

    Nawaz Sharif will NEVER accept the challenge of Imran Khan.


  • ansar
    Apr 24, 2013 - 1:53AM

    both nawaz and imran are nothing but stupid people who only talk against each other. both are agent of the foreign powers. maybe they know or not but thats the fact. If someone want to debate abt that, im ready.


  • Rahim
    Apr 24, 2013 - 2:41AM

    Seems like nice Pacifier for the nation!!! Lage raho Munna Bhai…. :P


  • gp65
    Apr 24, 2013 - 2:49AM

    @Ali Tipu: I too enjoyed the Iliad and Odyssey. Hector, Achilles and Odysseus were amongst the very few characters that consistently acted with honour in wars that were otherwise characterized by deceit and treachery. So I felt sad when Achilles killed Hector.

    Having said that, I do not know if comparing Achilles’ challenge with that of Imran is a fair comparison. Debates test presence of mind and gift of gab which maybe necessary in a marketing job but not sure they are primary requirements for the position of PM/President of a country.

    The key qualities necessary for a good PM/President are integrity, sincerity, ability to collaborate with opponents to navigate the legislative agenda, intelligence, ability to sift good advice from bad etc. Equally important the party’s point of view on key issues that are relevant to you is important. These things cannot be tested in a debate. I personally feel debates in US Presidential campaign are beauty contests that have an inappropriate impact on the outcome. For that reason I do not agree that they are necessary or desirable.

    This in no way is an endorsement for either Nawaz or Imran. As an Indian, I do not have any say on that. This post is merely a logical rebuttal to what you said since I have a different POV.


  • Rex Minor
    Apr 24, 2013 - 3:59AM

    Take it easy Imran; do not run a Presidential campaign. Pakistan should stick to parliamentary democracy, the membes of parliaments are usualy nominated by the politial parties and the majorty form a Govenment. The Pime Minister of the country is the executve but unlike France and the USA, its power emanates from the majority in the parliament. Your efforts should be to make sure that your party candidates are the right people fom the communities. If your debate performance is better in comparison to Nawz Sharif is not gong to influence a great deal for the man in the rural regions to caste his vote for your nominee if he happens to be unpopular.

    Pakistan needs a man with team spirit and not a loner, a political entity with a well laid out manfesto and not the man who preaches for a change simply an empty change. The world in Pakistan do not need Blairs and Obamas any more!! Enough with imposters1!

    Rex Mnor


  • mango man
    Apr 24, 2013 - 11:36AM

    Poltical debates happen in all developed nations of the world. If this seems childish to you, then leaders of most of the developed countries are kids :P


    Apr 24, 2013 - 12:17PM

    Imran Khan you are one man show, No doubt you are more capable than Nawaz Shareef but he got better experienced team than yours. Don’t put on stake 180 million drowning people you are not prepared to serve.

    Pakistan is not seeking an experiment but needs Experience.


  • JB
    Apr 24, 2013 - 1:21PM

    What? Is Nawaz Sharif scared for a debate? Political debates take place in the US as well. They show what kind of candidates are in the running. Why can’t we do the same in Pakistan? Are politicians scared of the truth? C’mon Sharif Bros, c’mon PML N, if you are so truthful, if you are on the right, why are you scared of a ‘little party’ like PTI?


  • lkhan
    Apr 24, 2013 - 3:15PM

    Imran Khan is proven in cricket, yet has no experience in governing. He harps of all the changes he will bring, the sort that would require huge sums of monies to invest in social affairs, education, local bodies, defense, creating employment and much more – how will he achieve it?? He says in 90 days one will see changes, in what world does he live?? The Chinese who have broken all records of bringing development and change to their nation are since the 1990s, still working at it.. I am afraid, from hearing what IK has to say, if he does win in the first place, seeing his huge ego, and ignorance in the ways of economics, socio politics, he will head for failure… not surprised NS isn’t wasting his time debating with him!


  • M. Iqbal Tabassam
    Apr 24, 2013 - 3:26PM

    I went through the different comments of people about the challenge of Imran Khan to Nawaz Shareef. In my point of view there is no harm if people watch a good debate of the leaders of both parties. What is wrong in doing that? Leave it what happens in America or any other country. It is very simple that you keep your policies in front of people and criticise the polocies of your competitor. It woud be easy for the people in deciding whome to be voted. If some one scared from the debate I think he is not capable enough to face his competitor in front of people. Or he has some week policies which he fears that would not be able to defend/ impress people. Not accepting challenge shows the weakness of a leader. A leader should be strong who should accep challenges and impress people with his views and policies. Credit goes to Imran Khan. There must be debates of all party leaders at tv channels so that people should watch and vote for the better party.


  • Rex Minor
    Apr 24, 2013 - 11:12PM


    The USA democracy is a fraud pure. The pesiential system among two parties! No one in Pakistan is looking fo a parasite! Pakistan needs a Leader equal to and beyond the calabre of Mr Jinnah and Mr Iqbal. They have too many an they shoul be iven the opportunity to come foward, Imran is one of them. The Nation of 180 million have a better future than the ol USA, which is retuning to its role in the Pacific.

    Rex Minor


  • Apr 25, 2013 - 2:27PM

    if Imran Khan wants Nawaz Sharif to accept a challenge, he should challenge him to a Paya/Nihari eating competition. Play Nawaz on his own turf!


  • bilal
    Apr 25, 2013 - 2:36PM

    the challenge not only limited to NS but to all the politicians who think that they own Pakistan. speak for change vote for IK


  • M. Iqbal Tabassam
    Apr 25, 2013 - 2:54PM

    What an excuse that Nawaz Shareef has no time to debate. Its very suprising. You are running your election compaign telling people what you have done in the past and what intend to do in the future and have no time to come on tv, make a debate with the person whose popularity is increasing day by day and demaging you constantly. Television is the forum where people can listen you from all over the country even from all over the world and you have no time to do that. I wonder if this is waistage of time then what is good use of time for your election compaign. Your country where stands at this stage, its the biggest challenge to put it to the right direction. If you are unable to accept a small challenge of Imran then how you can go through with this big challenge. Imran gives and accept challenges because he has proven himself in the past, not only in cricket but also in the service of poor human being. The challenge of Shaukat Khanam was not a small challenge. But he did it. One can just imagine that a poor person who cannot even earn his bread, if suffer from cancer and get a free treatment in an internation standard hospital. Your givernment, your politicions no one could achieve this milestone but Imran did it. He is proud of Pakistan who loves his nation and poor people in reality. He never claimed that he will do everything right in 90 days but yes in 90 days everything could be put to the right direction which he claims. Comparing Imran Khan with the present politicions whose business is running to the right direction instead of Country is unjustified. Love you Imran. Go ahead and achieve your goal in making this country prosperious and respect your nation in all over the world.


  • Logic
    Apr 25, 2013 - 3:18PM

    Unsporting of Imran khan to tackle sharif on his weakness ie debate. Do not vote on the basis of oratory, vote on the basis of policy.


  • Majid
    Apr 27, 2013 - 11:51PM

    This is the problem with Nawaz his ego is just too big he thinks he became prime minister twice now he can’t do debate with an upcoming candidate like IK. Think how people would feel if Obama said to his rival that i was president of USA for past 5 years now I cant do debate with the upcoming candidate us ka caliber nai ….. This is Nawaz Sharif and his party’s attitude.

    May be Nawaz Sharif knows that it was the army who made him chief minister and prime minister so does not want to face an emerging inexperienced leader like Imran Khan.


  • M. Iqbal Tabassam
    May 2, 2013 - 11:48AM

    Not debating with Imran on tv is a week point of Mr. Shareef. Its good that people have known what is the weakness of their leader. No doubt, Imran should go to the policies but tell me how a leader with this weakness can implement his policies and lead the nation. If he has no courage to speak in front of his competitor do you think he would survive the country. Does this deficiency suit to a leader. A good leader is always a role model for all like Mr. Jinnah. He should be brave, clear from his thoughts, neat and clean, should have courage to convince people. Unfortunately Mr. Shareef does not have such qualities. Imran did a right thing. He saw weakness of his competitor and striked. This is what he should do to dominate him and his party. Field is open for Mr. Shareef also. He can also see any week point in Imran and challenge him. If Imran does not accept the challenge he will not be a leader. Thanks to media which bring the real face of their leaders. People at lease can select their leaders after watching their good and bad qualities. As for as policies are concerned every one can make an ideal policy on the paper. The actual thing is implementation of the policies. It seems that Imran can get his policies implemented because he is bringing new blood in parliament. The young people have good energy and motivation in implementing the policies as compare to the old status quo politicians. We can see Imran’s career. He has gets to implement his policies. Shaukat Khanum and NUML University are the examples. I request everyone that this man is different in all. He has some qualities like Quaid-e-Azam and is a last hope of survival of your country. Give your vote honestly. Give it to the person who deserve for it. Love you all Pakistani nation.


  • faizan ali
    May 7, 2013 - 3:12PM

    Nawaz shareef already gave us a gift PPP and now he want to do those which PPP had done in past five year i think best option is PTI vote for PTI or We need best leader who protect us love us and will give us facilities which we realy need. . . . . .

    faizan ali


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